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India Today - - GLASS HOUSE - by KAVEREE BAMZAI

The Min­istry of Fi­nance is likely to see a mas­sive churn of its top of­fi­cials should Pranab Mukher­jee move to Rash­tra­p­ati Bha­van. At least three se­nior of­fi­cials are tipped to shift to the Pres­i­dent’s Sec­re­tariat. The pow­er­ful ad­viser to the fi­nance min­is­ter, Omita Paul will cer­tainly move up the Raisina Hill. Also up­wardly mo­bile are— Bi­mal Julka, a 1979- batch IAS of­fi­cer who is ad­di­tional sec­re­tary in the Depart­ment of Eco­nomic Af­fairs and Thomas Mathew, an IAS of­fi­cer of the 1983 batch, joint sec­re­tary of the im­por­tant cap­i­tal mar­kets desk. Two im­por­tant slots will also fall va­cant around the time of the pres­i­den­tial elec­tion— R. Gopalan, sec­re­tary, Eco­nomic Af­fairs, will re­tire on July 31, while Chief Eco­nomic Ad­viser Kaushik Basu re­turns to Cor­nell Univer­sity in Au­gust. Should there be a new fi­nance min­is­ter, he will have the final say in the suc­ces­sion of Gopalan and Basu.

MUKHER­JEE

MATHEW

PAUL

JULKA

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